Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wednesday, 7/1/09 - "I'M ANSWERING - DAY 2"


To continue my stories:

This happened when I was in my 20s. I was working at the National Institutes of Mental Health on the same grounds as the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I was part of a team looking at the biochemical basis of various psychiatric disorders such as what was at that time called manic-depression. There were patients on a locked ward, several psychiatrists, and psychology research assistants like me. There was a psychiatrist I did not know personally, knew him only by face and name.

One morning I came to work and rang the bell to be allowed onto the ward where the main office was located. I worked in a laboratory in another part of the building. This particular psychiatrist opened the door to the unit and as I entered, words came out of my mouth that I had not thought of or planned to say. I said to him, "You need to come talk to me." Then I immediately went on about my business. I had no idea why I said this to him and dismissed it as soon as I said it.

Several hours later, this man came to the lab where I was working to talk. He was quite upset and began to tell me of experiences he was having that sounded to me like a psychotic break. I listened, was supportive, and encouraged him to seek help himself and see a psychiatrist. He did. He got help and he later told me he and his family were grateful for the intervention.

I know today that God used me to help him, but at the time and for many years I had no idea how this happened.
While I was working at this same job, I received a number. I did not understand its significance nor did I discover why this number came to my attention. After 40 years, I always identify this as 'my number' and whenever and wherever I see it, I pause and say, "Hi God".

This is how I came to have my number: 141
Three separate occurrences in one day resulted in the number 141 and I was aware of it.

First, I was in the cafeteria of the hospital where I worked to get a snack and the total I owed was $1.41. I paid it.

A little later, I was in the supply store where common items needed by hospital personnel could be purchased. I was in the store to purchase an item and when I went to ring out, the total cost of the item was $1.41.

Later that day I went to the office to order something I needed in the lab that was not carried in our hospital supply store. I was telling the secretary about the strange circumstance of having two purchases of $1.41 each. I told her what I needed to order and left the office. I was in the hall when she called me back. When I returned to the office, she asked me if I knew what the unit cost of what I had asked her to order was and I said, "$1.41?" and she said, "Yes".

Maybe someday I will find out this number has another meaning, but for now it remains a reminder of a loving God who wanted to get and keep my attention. It has worked all my life. He has my attention.

More tomorrow.

Prayer Girl


Carol said...

Oh, my goodness. I think it is an attractive number, I like it, I'm glad that it is yours.

Zanejabbers said...

Great story. I've had similar but don't remember the number. I just thought what are the odds of that happening. I'm more "in touch" and would probably remember the number.

Steve E. said...

For many years now I have been aware of a number of times each week that your number appears, e.g., on a clock over a government building, phone numbrs, opening a book at a random page 141, on a huge roadside sign in Orlando, we will both happen to notice a milemarker 141...why did we not notice all the other numbers?

A real mystery to me...but I can't deny what I SEE.

Kay said...

It is my firm belief that everything has a reason....and you were that day and said what you did, for a reason...

Andrew said...

Oh yes. I know what you are talking about. I have my own number, but have no idea what meaning to attach to it.


Tall Karen said...

I so love these stories. I hope there'smore to come. God bless

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Very cool! I love those little things that are so distinct that it's impossible to dismiss.

Syd said...

Interesting about the $1.41. I don't think that was coincidence.

Shadow said...

yip, those are not coincidences, those were 'meant to be's'...

Mama Zen said...

Wow! That is an amazing story.

Lou said...

I do think we all receive "signs" often, but most people ignore them.
Myself included.

You have been given a gift AND the wisdom to recognize it.

Anonymous said...

Mine is on the clock: 1:11 or 11:11. There are periods of my life when every time I look at the clock, that is what I see.